I began pastoring as a very naive 23 year old. I was the worship leader at a fairly new church plant in Canmore, Alberta and one day our senior pastor felt he should go plant another church and turned his church over to me.
To be honest, I hadn’t ever planned on being a lead pastor. I wasn’t sure how to run a church and so I looked everywhere for help and for a mentor. Pastor George Hill became that mentor to me. I am so appreciative of what he has poured into me over the years.
It was his Bible College class on the book of Acts that I first fell in love with the local church and its call on the earth. I was inspired by his vision and the vision of Victory Churches to Reach, Teach, and Mobilize. To me, this vision most reflected the heartbeat of the early church in the book of Acts and it was a vision that fulfilled the global mission Jesus gave his followers in Matthew 28.
It is a never ending vision. We reach every available person, by every available means, at every available time with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; teaching them to become disciples and mobilizing them to Reach every available person. It is a vision that works in every country, with every people group, in every language. It is simple and portable. And I love it!
So, I went to work as a pastor to live this vision in my church. The problem was, I wasn’t sure how to translate the vision to my local setting. How does a local church most effectively reach every available person, while at the same time teaching those you’ve reached, while mobilizing others into their own callings?
Is ministry burning you out? Do you feel like quitting?
Ministry can be completely draining. Statistics show that the vast majority of people who enter the ministry quit before they finish. Why is this? I believe it is because one or more of the following principles were violated.
Here are 8 Keys to Lasting in the Ministry:
The church is a non-profit, volunteer organization. My late mentor Jack Whitesell said, “for every 1 volunteer that functions effectively, 6-8 people will stay in the church.”
This places an enormous amount of importance on the number of volunteers we have, as well as the quality of volunteers we have. It takes a special kind of leader to attract and lead volunteers. The truth is, we don’t inherit commitment, we earn it! It’s up to us, as leaders, to get commitment from people. Our ability to reach our communities depend on this skill.
We’ve heard Dr. George Hill say for years, “there are no shortages of opportunities within Victory Churches, only a shortage of qualified leaders to fill them.”
The leadership vacuum in the local church is our problem to solve. As one of the Ten Tenets of Victory Churches says, “We are committed to increase as opposed to maintenance.”
Jesus is coming back soon and we have a lot of work to do. There are souls whose eternities depend on our ability to reach them. We will only reach them effectively if we have qualified leaders “equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).
How do we equip our people to do the work of the ministry? How do we multiply leaders?
This past week was a super exciting week for us at My Victory. We released the book My Victory Starts Here along with the series on the same topic. We celebrated 8 baptisms in our site in Okotoks and we successfully launched our campus in Lloydminster with 190 people in attendance! I am so proud of our team there and all of the work they put in to make the church launch such a success. It is no small feat to gather a crowd of this magnitude when opening a brand new church in a community. I am so impressed.
Now the work begins to turn that crowd into a congregation, to turn our new converts into disciples. This is a big job, and it takes a highly qualified and passionate team to do this. This is much more than just a job that one pastor can do. Remember, John Maxwell once said that “one is too small a number to achieve greatness.”